Thursday, 16 April 2015

balmi lip balm review

I think I may have found the best lip balm ever created. A bold statement I know, but one I'm finding quite hard to not believe.

I came across this moisturising beaut of a balm at the Scarlett London Blogger bash last week. Me and some friends won an Urban Outfitters goodie bag and this was included. I've not heard of it myself, but after looking at some reviews online it seems to be quite popular and I now understand why.

It come packaged in a clear sphere, stuffed with shredded paper, which I thought was lovely due to the fact it was just different from your normal cardboard/plastic packed palm. It has an attached tag, which explained the ingredients and flavour. My one is coconut and includes vitamin E, shea butter and jojoba oil. The actual balm itself is in a cute cube, with a keyring attachment should you wish to attach it to a key stack.

You need to twist the cube to open it. Once I had done this, I instantly smelt the coconut. It reminded me of holidays, and summer days, it was just lovely. I was surprised that it actually protrudes out from the base but this actually works quite well as you don't have to use your fingers to apply, you can just apply straight to your lips as you would a lipstick.

After applying my lips felt soooo soft, there was no stickiness, or any funny tint to the lip. It was just what it says, a moisturising lip balm, and a brilliant one at that, that lasted all day. It also contains SPF 15, I'm always a fan of something which includes SPF. I am so impressed, I have been checking out the full collection. There are a number of flavours, in some adorable coloured cubes and for £4.99 RRP I am definitely going to be building my own collection!

Have you tried a Balmi balm yet?!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

The Body Shop tea tree BB cream review

Whilst browsing The Body Shop, I cameramen across this "Flawless BB cream tea tree" I needed a new BB cream, as I had just ran out of my previous. I love the smell of tea tree so thought I'd try out hun testers in the shop.

Ze th 3 Shades, listed as 01, 02 and 03. Basically light medium and dark, we knew i would be light or medium as tested two synthesis. I was surprised at how quick the product come out, and ook how little you actually need so be careful-when first using this product. You really do, just need a tiny pea-size Tak.

Upon Dankzij it to my hand, I Could instantly smell the tea tree, I rubbed it in and it Felt so moisturising. I decided I needed the lighter shade and took it up to the counter, to pay the £ 8.

Once I had got it home, I was eager to try it on my face. It was so refreshing, the tea tree made me instantly feel more alert, and my skin was instantly more soft. The coverage is light, Like Most BB creams but is perfect for what it is. I did notice dat it did not have an SPF, this housing was the only negative for me really. I like that it's a BB cream with something a little différent added in, and I think it bow to be the perfect holiday essential For those days and nights-when you need less coverage, with a refreshing feel on your face.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Elsie's tea rooms review

Last week, I had the opportunity to pop into Elsie's tea rooms, in Botley with some friends. I had heard a lot about it, so had been trying to find the time to pop in and try it out.

There was me, 5 other adults and my daughter and on first approaching the tea rooms, I noticed how small it was. It was very pretty, but I wondered how we would all fit. We all tried to squeeze onto a round table but failed miserably. One of the the ladies came over and said we would have to split onto 2 tables but pushed them together as much as we could. This is something to bare in mind, if you planning on a trip with more than four of you.

Once we had all made ourselves comfortable, our order was taken. I decided on the afternoon tea for 1, and ordered my daughter a mini afternoon tea. Mine included 4 crust less sandwiches, with a filling of your choice. 1 scone, with cream and Jam, a cake of your choice and a pot of tea. This all came to £10.

 I chose egg and cress sandwiches on granary bread, and the lemon & lime cake. The sandwiches had loads of filling in then, and the bread was really fresh. The cake was really nice too, but I was so stuffed after my scone I only had a little nibble. 
Eva's mini afternoon tea consisted of squash, marmite sandwiches (there was a choice but she picked marmite, as shes a marmite monster.) And a choice of cake or biscuit. She chose some shortbread biscuits. She really liked hers too, as ate it in super quick time and ready to finish off that cake that I left.

Overall I enjoyed the visit, you could tell that the food was fresh and kept well and it was really tasty. The deco and china were lovely, and it had a really nice feel to the tea rooms. Please do keep in mind that it is very small though. And I have also seen that they no longer take card payments which is a bit disappointing, as I never have cash on me. Other than these minor details, its definitely worth a visit if you are only going in small numbers.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

My Easter Sunday

This weekend was Easter Sunday, and although we don't celebrate the real meaning in our household, we did choose to spend the day with family and have a little egg hunt for Eva.

Eva received a mountainful of eggs, which have been safely stored away for future eating (from me too!)

Me and Eva (Mainly me) had got our bake on over the past few days and arranged for a few people to come over for afternoon tea. I made a selection of sandwiches, banana bread, Lemon drizzle cake, Chocolate mini eggs nest cakes, easter biscuits and hot cross buns! 

Here are a few pictures from our day and if you are interested in my banana bread recipe i have posted this below also...


Banana bread recipe

140g butter, softened, plus extra for the tin
140g caster sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
140g self-raising flour
2 ripe bananas, mashed

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter your loaf tin, so that once your banana bread has baked it slides out of the tin.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then slowly add the eggs and mashed bananas. Fold in the flour. Pour into the tin and bake for about 30-40 mins until a skewer comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then remove to a wire rack.